Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What if You Traveled Half Way Around the World to Marry and...

 


What if You Traveled Half Way Around the World to Marry and...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Female Veteran Brings Awareness and Support to Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

 




Female Veteran Brings Awareness and Support to Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Interview with author, Catherine MacDonald

 
1.  I know this is the sequel to Seasons of the Vineyard. Can you tell us a little about Romancing the Vines? From Sonoma, Italy, and the Middle Ages Francesca travels to uncover the truth of the wine and the two men who have fought over her for centuries. Romancing the Vines is the sweeping romance of Francesca, Enrico, and Giancarlo and the secret to the wine that has been eluding her for centuries.
Do you have any websites, facebook, twitter, etc., that you would like to share with our readers? Yes. My website is www.superenovel.com.
 
My facebook is https://www.facebook.com/#!/catherine.macdonald.5872, and my twitter is cathiemacdonald@twitter.com 
 
2.  How is this book different from Seasons of the Vineyard? This book completes the tale of the three main characters: Francesca, Enrico, and Giancarlo. What the reader discovers is that the conflict between the three of them has been going on for centuries, not just the current lifetime.
 
3.  How do you go about building your plot? I start with a basic three-act play outline. I have an idea. I sketch, develop my characters and setting, and then I write the "shitty" first draft, which I liken to the frame of the story. Once I have a frame, I let it sit for a while. Next I re-read it, writing notes, then I re-write the story and develop it further.
 
4.  What kind of message does your book relate to the reader? Hmm. Perhaps you've lived before and you'll live again, but you'll still have the same troubles unless you confront them and deal with them.
 
5.  What are your characters like? Nothing like me! Francesca loves to cook and hasn't had much success in the relationship department. (I have been married for 37 years.) Enrico is consumed with hatred for Giancarlo, and lets his anger take control of his emotions. He doesn't have what it takes to be a vintner. Giancarlo is sexy, rich, and the top vintner in the valley. When he loses everything, he does not despair and rolls up his sleeves and gets to work.
 
6.  How do you compose your characters? Usually, I have a vision of the character. Then I sit down and write them out, creating a back story so I know everything about them.
 
7.  What surprise, if any, will we find in this book compared to Seasons? You'll visit the Middle Ages! Also, there are a few twists you won't expect, but when you step back and examine it, you'll see the foreshadowing.
 
8.  Will there be a third in the sequel? I'm never going to say never.
 
9.  Where do you get your ideas to write a book? Sometimes they come from life. Sometimes I read an article that plants a seed. The Divorce Ranch is a good example of this. Romancing the Vines came from a trip to France and the vineyards and castles we visited. Seasons of the Vineyard came from all my trips to the Sonoma Valley.
 
10. Do you have anything in the works right now? Yes, I do. A Matter of Necessity: set in the 1920s during Prohibition. The Buddha and The Bear, which is a fable. The frame of this story is complete. Now I just need to re-write and let the magic dance on the page.
 
 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Raw & Gripping Spiritual Odyssey exposesThe Power of Divine Love


 




A Raw & GrippingSpiritual Odyssey exposesThe Power of Divine Love
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cure the Fears, Phobias and Anxieties that Drive Addictions



Cure the Fears, Phobias and Anxieties that Drive Addictions
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

OCTOBER CONTEST WITH PRIZES (no fee)






Hello writing friends. It’s contest time again. We are looking for flash fiction stories under 1000 words, and we’re only accepting the first 30 (thirty) entries. So get your story in right away if you want to be counted. This contest starts TODAY, October 1, 2014.
This is a NO FEE contest. Check your spelling and grammar. The deadline is: October 31, 2014. We won’t take anything after that date. The judging will be done in November and we’ll let the winners know by the end of November. Your story will be posted on Patricia Crandall’s blog for one month. It will stay published on Linda Barnett-Johnson’s blog, unless asked to be removed. It will also be featured on the home page of Long Story Short e-zine. Please put ‘CONTEST’ in the subject line. Please copy and paste onto the body of the email. DON’T SEND AN ATTACHMENT. THEY WON’T BE OPENED.  
Previously published work acceptable if you have rights and it has not been published since a three year period.

Here’s what is being given away by Patricia Crandall, author of The Dog Men, Pat’s Collectibles and winner of several short story submissions.
PRIZES:

First: $30.00 and an anthology of short stories

Second: autographed copy of The Dog Men plus a bestseller of your choice valued at $20.00

Third: autographed copy of Pat's Collectibles paired with a bestseller of your choice valued at $20.00

As you can see, this is a win-win situation.  We’d like to suggest no profanity, explicit sex, or abuse of animals or people. Use our good ol’ English language.

We look forward to reading your flash fiction stories. Only one submission per author. Send to writingfriend@hotmail.com

Thank you and good luck!


Linda Barnett-Johnson & Patricia Crandall

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LOOKING FOR BLOGGERS

I am interested in doing some book tours and need some blog hosts that would be willing to post on their blogs some authors/books. If you are interested, please let me know at: writingfriend@yahoo.com 
In the subject line please put: BOOK TOUR

Please send me the link to your blog.

Thanks,

Linda